Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nickie Marshall's intro

Hi, my name is Nickie Marshall. I am a freshman at Marion. My major is Dental Hygiene. I wish to someday become a dentist. My fun fact is that I have been a lifeguard for three years. I work every summer at a pool near where I live in, Mount Gilead. I graduated from Mount Gilead High School.
            I wrote my poem about my older sister, Sophia. I didn’t know who to write about right away because I haven’t had anyone know recently pass away. When we were younger, my sister and I didn’t get along. We fought about little things like clothes and make-up. As we have gotten older we appreciate each other more. We help each other with school and other activities. I had trouble with starting the poem but after I got a few lines done, it became easier. 

My Big Sister
While growing up I wanted to be just like you,
I’d follow you when you didn’t want me to.
You’ve taught me many things that I still remember,
Important things, like which sorority I shall be a member.
Even though you are just a few years older than I,
You seem to have it together when I always ask why.
You would tell me something I needed to know,
While yelling at me, “it’s time, we gotta go.”

You’d do this so we’d be on time for our special event,
And although I acted mad, you know what I meant.
We’d dress up together and your pretty brown hair would flow,
I tried to be like you, but my hair just wouldn’t grow.
I find myself struggling often times,
To meet goals that appear to be mine.
But I realize that my goals come partly from you,
You have been my inspiration loyal and true.
The profile that has meant the most to me so far is on Moreese Bickham. He had been in jail for thirty-two years when this interview was done. I believe that he is a visionary. He was put into jail for killing to white men in self-defense. He said that “it might have been better if I got killed that night than to go through all I’ve been through.” He makes the best he can out of a bad situation. He has seen men come and go in the jail, but he still has a positive attitude about being sentenced to death.
Bickham talks to a nineteen year old inmate and inspires them by saying:
“You’ll get strong, and you’ll learn to be a good fighter.” I tell all these young fellas, “Maybe your case is different than mine, and you’ll get out.” Give ‘em a little hope, you know. See, hope does something for a man—it makes him hang on to what little he got to get more. But if he lose that, there’s nothin’ to hang on to.


  1. Nice poem! i like how you rhymed

  2. Great poem! I also like the passage that you picked from the Moreese Bickham profile. I had a hard time deciding whether to use this passage or the one that I actually used.

  3. I loved your poem. It seems like you have a great relationship with your older sister. I've always wanted to have a sibling, being an only child is quite boring.

  4. The passage from Bickham's profile was one I highlighted too. It's amazing how anyone could be so positive given the situation, but his reason was good.

    Wonderful poem. =)

  5. I loved your poem! I have always wanted a sister for all those reasons you wrote about. Cherish them. :)

  6. Good poem Nickie! You better have let Sophia read that!

  7. Great poem, Nikki! I can relate to it because my sister and I have also gotten a lot closer as we've gotten older. It's a great bond to have!

  8. I loved your poem!! I have a younger sister and we are 6 years apart but we are closer than ever! A bond with a sister is probably the best thing to have:)